Jim Gavin accepts that players on both sides crossed the line at times in yesterday’s drawn encounter, but he kept his counsel on individual incidents and whether or not an appeal would be launched against Diarmuid Connolly’s red card.
Connolly walked towards the end after an off-the-ball incident with Lee Keegan that earned a yellow for the Mayo defender, but no footage emerged initially to highlight what prompted those calls from referee Joe McQuillan.
“I’ll have to have a look at it,” said Gavin. “It would be very unfair of me to comment. Joe made the decision based on whatever information he received. He made that call, as he did for the black cards and some other cards that might not have been given. We’ll have to have a look at all those.”
Gavin also played down the seriousness of Rory O’Carroll’s injury. The full-back left the field with blood from an eye wound after only four minutes and failed to reappear, with Michael Fitzsimons assuming his place for the remainder.
“Rory had something off the ball,“ said Gavin. “We haven’t seen it yet but his eye was closed so he wasn’t fit to return back for the game. It will settle down over the coming days. His eye was closing.”
Gavin ruled out the possibility that it was a case of concussion. O’Carroll suffered a concussion and remained on the pitch until the end of the 2013 All-Ireland final and has stated this summer that he would consider ending his football career if he suffered a repeat.
Once again the free count went against Dublin, something Gavin has discussed before.
“We’ve accepted that that’s the case,” he said yesterday. “We are practicing the art of tackling very hard in our sessions. We believe we are doing it the right way but it’s just one of those things that we are going through at the moment. Hopefully we’ll come out on the right side of it.”
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